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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know if you can overfeed gizzards?

My Kitties LOVE gizzards and since they are so good for teeth cleaning and also cheap and easy to get I was thinking of letting them have 1 or two every day. Does anyone know if you can overfeed gizzards? Is there anything in them that would be not so good in larger amounts?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 04:53 PM
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My only concern would be whether having gizzards that often and many would disrupt the ballance of what they need in their diet to be healthy. Do they have enough muscle meat and organs to offset the higher bone quantity?

I suppose it depends on the amount of food each cat eats, and what percentage of the food is taken up by the gizzards.

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from what i know, gizzards count as muscle meat. i don't think 1 or 2 a day should be bad, but i'll let other ppl on the forum with more expertise chime in
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Um, I am not sure what you mean as gizzards don't contain any bone... They are considered muscle meat in raw feeding. Just like hearts. But hearts are kind high in sodium so it is possible to overdo them (but you would have to feed in excess of 7-10 a day depending on size). A gizzard is the second chamber of a birds stomach and is essentially an extremely muscular pouch. The bird swallows sand and small stones etc that accumulate in the gizzard. The gizzard then basically smashes grinds and pulverizes hard seeds and grais etc by smashing it all against the stones in it.
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I thought gizzards were high in fat or maybe it's cholesterol? I just remember thinking they were possibly linked to pancreatitis......

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I was hoping you would pop in here Auntie crazy, lol. I am doing mostly ground raw right now because I am having trouble getting each of my cats to eat their own and hence coming even close to the right ratios was hard (as illustrated by the time I put down dinner, a chicken wing each and some liver. Lancelot ate all the wings and Figaro ate all the liver and then barfed it up an hour later. To rich for his tummy). So Until I can get them each to stay at their own plate (working on crate training as locking them in different rooms is not working) I wanted to give some kind of good dental snack and gizzards are something they will both sit down and eat, lol.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2011, 09:37 PM
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Great. Now I'm craving gizzards and hearts..... (not raw, though)

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Great. Now I'm craving gizzards and hearts..... (not raw, though)
when i pick up chicken gizzards and hearts for the kittens at the asian store i DO think about cooking up some for myself too...
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